La Peregrina: The World's Most Famous Pearl
La Peregrina: The World's Most Famous Pearl is an intriguing book about the pearl trade and the secrets behind the creation of one of the greatest pearls in history. Taylor takes us on a journey from ancient Asia to modern day New York City, tracing the journey of this incredible pearl as it travels from China, through the Portuguese trading routes to the modern era. Along the way, Taylor reveals how the pearl industry formed, the role that pearls played in every society around the world and how they were used to wage war. In The Art of La Peregrina, Taylor provides an inside look into a fascinating process that took place over hundreds of years, as well as offering a rare look into the cultures of various places around the globe. It is an exciting book and a must read for anyone interested in pearls and the stories behind them.
La Peregrina: The world's most famous pearl takes on a different meaning when you read its present day headlines. Taylor relates how the pearl business started in 1501 with an accident. A piece of metal, shaped like a pear, went missing and was later found adorning a wedding ring in a pawn shop in Rio de Janerio. When the ring was later sold, it was described as having "a good sound." This would become a source of great pride for Rio residents, who eagerly awaited the opening of a series of pearls all named after this mysterious gem.
However, instead of a beautiful and rare pearl, the price for this stone was so low that it didn't make it to the table of fine jewelry buyers. Instead, the Chinese bought it from the fishermen on the Pacific Ocean. The Chinese then worked with the Brazilians to perfect the pearl, creating what is known today as the La Peregrina pearls. These pearls were then shipped all over the world, including America, bringing it to market where it was quickly noticed by those who appreciated fine jewelry. At this point, it was now known as the most expensive pearl in the world!
Today, the collection of La Peregrina pearls can be found online in unique handcrafted design that captures the look of a real pearl. These designs are worn by women around the world and have been worn for centuries! While this collection may seem impressive, it is important to remember that this pearl does not actually come from a pearl oyster! The real deal is that these rare pear-shaped pearls are simply created by a process called ultrasonic bead blasting.
The process uses high frequency sound waves which generate heat that cooks the oyster bed, which results in the creation of a hard surface on which the pearl develops. While this process may seem complicated, it is actually quite straightforward. The name means "Wanderer" and this is due to the fact that it was once used by the Chinese as a way of traveling long distances. Nowadays it is still used to this end.
The La Peregrina pearl is a beautiful piece that was given to the art history museum by the Brazilian people and is considered the "world's most famous pearl." This is not surprising as there is no other type of freshwater pearl that closely resembles it in form, size or color. For this reason, the La Peregrina pearl is a prized possession and is offered at high prices to those who can appreciate its beauty and rarity. Those who can afford it tend to become enthusiasts of this style of pearl and wear it as a symbol of their wealth and status in their circles. Other people wear it as a status symbol or as a gift to someone they feel does deserve it.